EMDR with children of all ages: Theoretical possibilities


EMDR has been applied successfully to traumatized children even younger than two years of age. Such application allows us to formulate theories about what the essential ingredients in EMDR are, in a way that is not possible with adults, where the situation is more complex, and more complicated theories are frequently offered. These essential elements appear to be the pairing of the traumatic memory with bilateral stimulation in a safe environment. Video clips will be shown illustrating how such pairing, on both an individual and group basis, can be accomplished and how results can be documented.While EMDR with children offers the possibility of parsimony in theory construction, such theory needs to encompass all phenomena that appear in EMDR sessions, such as elimination of phantom limb pain and the appearance of stigmata during and after EMDR sessions. Video clips will be shown documenting the elimination of phantom limb pain, and photos of stigmata from EMDR sessions. Theoretical possibilities will be presented to account for these phenomena in a way that is both parsimonious and encompassing.






Robert H. Tinker

Original Work Citation

Tinker, R. H. (2007, June). EMDR with children of all ages: Theoretical possibilities. Keynote presented at the 8th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Paris, France



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